One of the best things about blogging is the ability to discuss with and learn from people online. But it's obviously better to meet them in person.
It was especially good last night to meet up for a few pints with Ron Pattinson, the beer and brewing writer, who is in Manchester on a family holiday. Ron's blog Shut Up About Barclay Perkins is a model of research and analysis of primary sources and I'm looking forward to reading the results of his digging in the Boddingtons archives yesterday
I hope Ron enjoyed the different beers and pubs, from the tiled ex-Wilsons Peveril and cosy Grey Horse to the trendy Port Street Beer House, and that he and his family enjoy the rest of their stay in Manchester.